Théo van Rysselberghe | Painter of the Sun

Selfportraitby Gheo van Rysselberghe

Singer Laren pays tribute to the Belgian ‘modernist’ Théo van Rysselberghe (1862-1926) in its exhibition Painter of the Sun. He was a master of depicting light and colour in the late Impressionist school. Following the example of Georges Seurat, he worked in the pointillist style. His extensive oeuvre consists of portraits, sun-drenched landscapes and coastal views, preferably on the Côte d’Azur, as well as female nudes and flower still lifes. In 1888, while traveling in Morocco, he discovered the abundant sunlight and colours that would mark his work since. In his pointillism, he inspired Dutch artists such as Jan Toorop, with whom he exhibited in Brussels. After 1900, Van Rysselberghe started to paint more loosely, increasingly showing reflections of his feelings. For museum director Jan Rudolph de Lorm, the highlight is the ‘Le ruban écarlate’: ‘The way in which the viewer’s eye is drawn into the space via the mirror, the light on the skin; it’s beautifully done and bears witness to the enormous pleasure that Van Rysselberghe had in painting.’

17 May to 4 September